The Courier printed this VENT on 7/5/2011:
“The Northampton Township Supervisor meeting minutes are sanitized propaganda. They must be written by Pinocchio. Tune in. Watch the 3 Republican supervisors noses grow.”
Pinocchio, as almost everyone knows had a nose that grew every time he told a lie. The minutes of the meetings are supposed to tell the truth. They do not. They tell lies. Many lies. Three Republican Supervisors control the minutes. They betray Republicans and truth. Three Pinocchios.
For example, if a citizen speaks at a meeting, none of what they say is written in the minutes. Not reporting what is said, or at least summarizing the topic of concern becomes a lie. It’s a lie by ommission.
PROPAGANDA: a book by Jacques Ellul published in 1965 notes. A reviewer wrote: – Propaganda is a medium that surrounds us, and may indeed be the inescapable product of a technological society. The author develops a sophisticated taxonomy for propaganda, including such paired opposites as political-sociological, vertical-horizontal, and rational-irrational. The most interesting to me was the agitation-integration pair. Agitation propaganda is what we usually think of as propaganda—it aims to influence people to act. Integration propaganda, on the other hand, is a more subtle form that aims to reinforce cultural norms (such as “our way of life”) and myths (such as “equal justice before the law”) and provide stability to society. Ellul says that educated, middle-class people are more susceptible to integration propaganda, which is often seen in such cultural fare as television shows, movies, and newscasts.Ellul sees “information” as an essential element of propaganda, which must “have reference to political or economic reality” to be credible. In fact, no propaganda can work until the moment when a set of facts has become a problem in the eyes of those who constitute public opinion.”Ellul sees propaganda as fundamentally undemocratic and based on need—need on the part of large institutions, which must channel and shape opinion toward what they can provide—and on behalf of the propagandee, who finds support and validation through propaganda. “…information actually generates the problems that propaganda exploits and for which it pretends to offer solutions,” he says. If the government can’t follow opinion, then opinion must follow the government.
Ellul points out that modern institutions invest billions of dollars and years of work in making sophisticated arrangements; public opinion simply cannot be allowed to interfere with these arrangements. Instead, opinion must be shaped.”
Omitting the truth is pure propaganda. The three Republican Supervisors are showing the values they support, viz., lies over truth. Three Pinocchios